Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt USA politics, removes 32 accounts

Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt USA politics, removes 32 accounts

Facebook has identified a coordinated political influence campaign through dozens of inauthentic accounts on its platform ahead of November's us midterm election, it announced Tuesday.

Facebook announced Tuesday that its security unit has found a coordinated campaign on its platform aiming to exert political influence ahead of the upcoming United States mid-term elections in the next few months.

During the midterms all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested.

Gleicher says Facebook staff identified some thin links connecting some of these accounts and pages to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian-based entity that was charged in February by the Department of Justice for attempting to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election.

The social media giant had accused past year the Russian-based Internet Research Agency of setting up bogus accounts to interfere in the U.S. presidential elections in 2016.

This campaign sounds similar to the fraudulent pages and rallies that preceded the 2016 election, which were ultimately blamed on the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA). The other removed material included eight Facebook pages, 17 Facebook profiles, and seven accounts of the photo-sharing site Instagram. We face determined, well-funded adversaries who will never give up and are constantly changing tactics. There is now an investigation into the depth of Russian ties to the current government.

"But security is not something that's ever done", the company said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon", Facebook said in a statement Tuesday.

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The announcement came as Facebook is under pressure over inflammatory content, coordinated disinformation campaigns and data breaches on its platform.

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"Whoever set up these accounts went to much greater lengths to obscure their identities" than Russian Federation did in 2016, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said Tuesday.

They paid for around 150 advertisements, at a total cost of $11,000, some of which also ran on Instagram. "We may never be able to identify the source with the same level of confidence we had in naming the IRA past year".

Counterfeit administrators from a fake page called "Resisters" connected with five legitimate Facebook pages to build interest and share logistical information for counterprotests, Facebook said.

Facebook said that the accounts helped boost the #AbolishICE hashtag, a new viral campaign of the hard left aimed at building a movement to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Facebook said it already shared the information about today's suspended accounts with USA law enforcement, Congress, other technology companies, and the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, a research organization that helps Facebook identify and analyze abuse on its network.

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